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The original content for this article was contributed by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies in June 2012. It is an excerpt from their course United States Migration Patterns  by Beverly Whitaker, CG. The Institute offers over 200 comprehensive genealogy courses for a fee ($).

Recommended Websites

Maps of Early America

Miscellaneous Roads/Trails

The index in Cyndi’s List plus several “general” websites are introduced in this lesson although some of the roads and trails described appear later in America’s history.

Excellent detailed descriptions of roads used by Brethren Migrations include roads used by others as well. Some of the roads are rarely mentioned in other sources. Also included is a good discussion of river transportation in a section titled, “Originally the River.” The following roads/trails are described at this site:

Bullskin Road
Forbes Road
Zane Trace
Wilderness Road
The Kanawha Trace
Canada Road
Monocacy Road
Delaware Road
Valley or Great Wagon Road
National Road
Carolina Road

Braddock Road

RoadTrails: Early American Trails and Roads

This site provides introductory paragraph summaries and map sketches of 18 roads and trails:

Boston Post Road
Natchez Trace
Braddock’s Road
National Road
California Trail
Oregon Trail
Fall Line Road
Pennsylvania Road
Federal Road
Santa Fe Trail
Great Wagon Road
Trail of Tears
King’s Highway
Upper Road
Mohawk Trail
Wilderness Road
Mormon Trail
Zane’s Trace


The Main Indian Paths And Migration Trails in Pennsylvania

Catawba Path Shamokin Path
Old Kittanning Indian Trail Forbes’ Road
Braddock’s Road Monocacy Trail
Tulpehocken Trail New York to Baltimore Road


Information in this Wiki page is excerpted from the online course United States: Migration Patterns offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies. To learn more about this course or other courses available from the Institute, see our website at We can be contacted at

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